Volleyball Remains Unbeaten With 25-13, 25-14, 25-23 Win Over Adrian
Friday, October 08, 2010
By sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
Ninth-ranked Calvin maintained its status as the MIAA’s top team Friday evening at the Van Noord Arena as the Knights defeated the Adrian Bulldogs in three sets (25-13, 25-14, 25-23), pushing their league record to a still-spotless 9-0, and 14-2 overall.
Juniors Erin Vander Plas (Cadillac, MI) and Renee DeHaan (Grand Rapids, MI) led the team with 12 and 11 kills respectively, with sophomore Lizzie Kamp (Orland Park, MI) finishing with nine strong ones of her own. Junior Becca Kamp (Orland Park, IL), arguably the Knights best player, remained out of the lineup due to illness.
“There’s no doubt that we’re a different team [without Becca Kamp playing],” Coach Warners commented on her star player not being able to play. “What I’ve been really proud about is how hard they’ve come out and fought, and I think everyone has stepped up their game in her absence, which I think can only help us for when we get her back.”
Calvin took the first set with relative ease as the Knights rolled quickly out to a 10-6 lead and then finished things up with a 15-7 run to take the first frame 25-13.
The second set did not come nearly as easy for Calvin as the Knights struggled to take command initially and Adrian jumped out to a slim early lead. Both teams then battled back and forth and Calvin led 11-10 when the Knights then used a 9-2 run to take control, and they eventually won the set 25-14.
Adrian jumped out to an early lead in the third set as well as the Bulldogs cruised ahead 7-4, but Calvin would prove to be resilient once more as the Knights battled back. Both squads exchanged leads a number of times as the set progressed, and Adrian matched their previous best set total of 14 when the score was tied at that number.
Calvin reclaimed the lead at 17-16, and it would hold off a late Adrian rally to take the set 25-23 and sweep the match. The win maintains Calvin’s perfect league record thus far as the conference season nears its midpoint.
“We are just taking one game at a time, one set at a time and one point at a time,” Warners said. “We’re trying to let our play speak for itself and whatever shakes out at the end shakes out.”
The Knights totaled seven service aces over the course of the three sets, as well as tallying eight blocks. Junior libero Kelly Peterson (Ramsey, MN) led the team with 12 digs on the back line. Lizzie Kamp also notched 10 digs of her own. Freshman setter Megan Rietema (Grand Rapids, MI) dished out 37 assists and helped out on a number of the team’s blocks.
The Knights will now hit the road for a flurry of away contests, the first of which coming Saturday October 9th at Trine.